News

SIU Katowice: The Brain in a Nutshell

On November 30, 2017 the SIU Katowice team held a successful “The Brain in a Nutshell” event - amassing an interest in over 200 attendees. Understanding the brain is exceedingly important as it steers the very essence of life itself; and with this in mind, the SIU team welcomed three guest speakers to discuss current brain research and the vast possibilities that could come about from increasing our understanding of the brain.

Diagnostic Radiology Guided by Machine Learning

Pneumonia affects hundreds of millions of people a year around the world and early detection of the disease is one of the most important preventative measures to bring the numbers down. CheXNet, a deep learning algorithm developed by scientists in Stanford, is one of the methods we can utilise machine learning for early detection of pneumonia. 

SIUConference Oxford: Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience

As part of our SIU Conference series, the Oxford division hosted three speakers at the ‘Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience’ event on 23rd November 2017 at Magdalen College, a primary sponsor of SIUOxford. Our speakers were selected based on their shared experience of utilising some aspect of applied neuroscience for social and/or commercial impact.

SIUTranslations Frankfurt - The Human Side of AI: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Society

On November 20th in Frankfurt the SIU team welcomed Prof Gregory Wheeler and Prof Roberto V. Zicari to our SIUTranslations event to talk about Artificial Intelligence and its human side. Read on to find out what these experts discussed with our audience at this high-impact event.

SIUConversations Katowice: The Future of Careers of Medical Students and Resident Physicians

The ongoing healthcare system crisis in Poland and the accompanying protests and hunger strikes that started recently concern the healthcare professionals in the country greatly. At our SIUConversations event that took place in Katowice on November 17 we addressed the questions and possible answers to the the problem with our three panellists.

SIULondon - Commercial Strategy: How a Bad Commercial Strategy Can Kill a Great Technology

On November 16, 2017, the London Division of the SIU organised a workshop with Dr Jeff Skinner, the Executive Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School on commercial strategy. The main focus was on what it means to develop a commercial strategy for a researcher and if it is actually needed when the underlying technology is compelling enough to sell itself.

Labstep: Building A Start-Up To Help The Research Community

On November 13, 2017, The Oxford Division of the SIU collaborated with Enterprising Oxford to host the CEO and co-founder of Labstep, Jake Schofield. The event was part of the #StartedinOxford series that highlights startups that were founded in the Oxford ecosystem. Here is the summary of the illuminating talk.

Brexit: The Divorce Battle over Life Sciences and Funding

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in what could either be described as a catastrophic self-destruction or a glorious grasp at independence. Wrapped up in a state of confusion over their status in the United Kingdom are scientists from Europe and abroad. On June 8, 2017, almost one year after the referendum, SIU brought together experts in London, to talk about their concerns and current measures they are taking in academia, industry and government to make things as smooth as possible for UK science. 

The Revolution of Surgery and The Rise of Technology

It's the 21st century and technology has a bigger impact on shaping our lives than ever. The same is true for medicine. There are online platforms and tools to help physicians perfect their knowledge and skills. In the second SIUConversations event in Katowice, our speakers from MEDtube told us how.

Academia's Bittersweet Box Of Chocolates: (Tr)eat With Caution!

Becoming a successful scientist, handling difficulties in career choices while maintaining the ever illusive life-work balance...Sounds difficult, doesn't it? Our guest speaker Melissa Vo at the SIUConversations event in Frankfurt has been doing it all and on April 19 she told us about how she handled this mixed box of chocolates that is academia. Here is the summary of her talk. 

"And The Winners Are..."

In this last instalment of the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition article series we bring you a short summary of the awards ceremony we held in Oxford for our writers contributing to the competition. We combined the event with a roundtable discussion Naturejobs editor and our competition collaborator Jack Leeming held with the audience. You can find the links to the winning pieces in the article.

SIUConversations Cambridge: "Meet the Founder: Pitch Perfect"

An engaging pitch can be everything when it comes to convincing your audience of the importance, novelty and potential of your ideas. In our "Meet the Founder: Pitch Perfect" event in Cambridge on May 4th, we had the chance to get tips from founders who successfully pitched their ideas to investors. Here is a summary of the enlightening event.

SIUFocus: The Power of Big Data: Advancing Healthcare in the Electronic Era

The first SIUFocus event took place in London on April 27th. Our 3 speakers remarked on the power of big data and shed light on how they use artificial intelligence and data science techniques to efficiently use it in healthcare and life sciences research. Here is the summary of what we learned from them during the inspirational event that evening.

Inspiring Innovation: Bringing Academia And Industry Together at the Royal Society

Did you know that there is much more to the Royal Society than being the world's oldest academy and a fellowship of prestigious scientists? In the second session of SIUConversations in Oxford on March 1st, our audience found out about the projects the Royal Society holds to inspire and initiate innovation in the UK. Read on to find out more.

SIUConversations Oxford: Intellectual Property: Protecting Ideas and Why Your IP Strategy Matters

The first SIUConversations Oxford session on February 21st introduced the complicated world of intellectual property (IP) and featured the eminent patent attorney Philip Webber. Dr. Webber is currently a qualified chartered patent attorney, a European patent attorney, and a partner at the highly reputable international patent and trade mark attorneys, Dehns.  In this article we bring you a summary of his presentation that highlighted a number of important questions to ponder when trying to patent an invention.

SIU360 Oxford Session 4: Fates of Successfully Translated Technologies

Timing and the right people are everything when it comes to translating your science into a business. Brian Graves from Imperial Innovations joined us for the 4th session of the SIU360-Oxford and told us about the strategies for selecting the right customer, the right partners and the right avenues to be successful in translation of science into business.

SIU360 London Session1: Platforms for Translating Research

Translating research into industry has a lot of knowns and unknowns associated with it. While we can't control all of these factors, there are some we can control. At the first session of SIU360 in London, Dr. Amir Gander told the audience about the different technology trends in the industry and what researchers should be aware of when translating their work to minimise failure.

SIU360 Oxford Session 3: Quelling Fears: Runways, Risks and Expectations

At the 3rd session of our education programme SIU360, we welcomed Steven Zimmer as our speaker in Oxford. Steven talked about the strategies one should be aware of when starting a new business, risks associated with start-ups and how to find the balance between one's passion in science and the market and much more! Here is the summary of what Steven told our participants on November 15.

SIU360 Oxford session 2: Company Structure, What is Your Role?

You are an academic about to start a company. Some of the fundamental questions you need to answer are: How do you focus your efforts, research and priorities after starting a company? Where do you fit in the company that started out with your ideas? At the second Oxford session of our SIU360 education programme our three speakers answered these very questions and shared their inspiring experience with us.

SIU360 Oxford Session 1: Opportunity Recognition and Construction

The first Oxford session of the SIU360 educational series took place on October 18th, at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Our speaker was Prof. Chas Bountra. The talk drew a large group of attendees, who were inspired by Prof. Bountra's engaging talk on open sourcing in translational research.